Welcome to our learning community!  We offer a variety of experiences – classes, workshops, small groups, and retreats – to foster learning and spiritual growth.

We invite you to discover all the opportunities listed here. Specific information can be found in our monthly newsletter, weekly e-updates, and Sunday Times insert to the order of worship.

Please contact our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Jules Jaramillo, with any questions and/or to discuss the best learning path for you. Jules can be reached by email, DLRE@ccuu.org, or phone 847-359-8440 ext. 4.


Spiritual Growth & Personal Development

Open Forum Discussion: Sundays, 8:45 am (8:30 am during one-service schedule) , Room 5. Weekly, moderated discussions focus on topics of interest to our participants, including current events and social issues. We agree to discuss such issues in a spirit of authentic self-expression, while honoring the CCUU covenant and welcoming the diversity of views that may be expressed. We socialize for 15 minutes prior to the one-hour discussion of the morning’s topic. Facilitator/Coordinator: Vid Axel

Agnosticism, Humanism, Atheism (AHA) Discussion Group: 2nd Tuesdays, 7:00 pm. We discuss issues related to Atheism, Agnosticism, and Humanism, with related videos and reading materials. Examples of past meeting topics include: the Reason Rally and annual Atheist gathering in Washington D.C., and videos featuring the ideas of Hitchens, Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett. Facilitator/Coordinator: Andrew Cranberg

Book Circle: Sunday evenings every 6-8 weeks. We discuss books that explore nature and the environment, science, psychology, philosophy, sociology, culture, religion and politics within a spiritual and ethical context. Discussions are informal and open, and centered on issues that impact our lives and society. Books are chosen through consensus and new suggestions are always welcome. Facilitator/Coordinator: Gail Wisniewski, BookCircle@ccuu.org

Last Mondays Book Discussion: Last Mondays, 7:00 pm. This group discusses primarily fiction. Books are chosen by the group from suggestions made by participants, and participants take turns facilitating the monthly discussions. Facilitator/Coordinator: Debbie Lee or Laurie Lantz


Spiritual Practices

Buddhist Study Group: 3rd Sundays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. We read selected Buddhist texts, discuss them, and try to apply the principles and techniques to our everyday lives. Topics include mindfulness, meditation, and deepening our spiritual understanding. We practice mindful breathing, walking meditation, stress management, and cultivate the capacities to be kind and compassionate and to bring joy into our lives. Facilitator/Coordinator: Melanie Terbovic

Sacred Heartbeat Drum Circle: 4th Saturdays, 7:00 pm. Adults and teens are invited to participate in freestyle drumming along with some lightly facilitated drumming and healing drumming. Bring your drums, rattles, didgeridoo, and other instruments to join in the jam. Some hand percussion and drums are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dancin and chanting is encouraged. Visit www.PalatineDrumCircle.com for specifics. Facilitator/Coordinator: Erv Toth and Bridget Bryan-Toth


Retreats & Special Events

Journeys is our annual Adult Faith Development Retreat, usually held in the spring on the beautiful grounds of University of St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. Mark your calendar for May 4 – 5, 2018. The planned program/theme is Adult Affirmations. More info will be available after the 1st of the year.


UU History, Identity, & Theology

Journeys 2018, our annual adult faith development retreat, will be an opportunity to explore your UU Identity.

Wellspring: A Spiritual Deepening Program. Together, we engage in spiritual practices, spiritual direction, and explore Unitarian Universalism and theology to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our faith tradition. Wellspring is not currently being offered. Contact Jules Jaramillo, DLRE@ccuu.org, if you have interest in this program. Alternatively, you might want to sign up for Soul Connections, which is a small group ministry offered by Kinship Ministry.

Coming Alive at CCUU. This program is designed to help participants find possibilities for growth and to deepen understanding of Unitarian Universalism. The nine modules of the program provide opportunities for spiritual reflection, understanding congregational structure, and spiritually-grounded leadership development. Coming Alive is not currently being offered. Contact Rev. Hilary, Minister@ccuu.org, or Jules Jaramillo, DLRE@ccuu.org, if you have interest in this program.